Lattara, the Next Step

The ancient site of Lattara, now known as Lattes, in southern France gives us great insight on the beginning development of the first network of larger-scale human interaction. The structure and design of the fortified port city provide clues that these were organized groups of people that were cautious of outside forces. The individual housing units within this site were carefully planned, along with the plazas and public streets. This shows us the first instances where large groups of people are gathered together and are able to use their resources collectively to create a place where they can find ‘security’.

I can see an even grander notion of permanence when I look at Lattera as I take into consideration the different buildings and structures they had for several crafts and trades throughout the town. For the first time people of different abilities are able to have exchanges for tangible and intangible items for their own personal gain. I thought it was quite interesting to see that there were multiple house sizes, although it is still unclear what sizes the families might have been. As noted in one of the videos,  it says that there were larger houses but it is still unknown as to whether they belonged to the wealthier or to larger, extended families.

When I think of the idea of shared, public spaces for the first time, they amaze me. Gathering places where people were able to share ideas and find common interests, to construct an environment that they felt much more protected in. Although there was an addition to the defensive aspect to the community, the spiritual, ritual spaces remained. In the public plaza in Lattara there was a shrine containing a pillar on a rectangular mantle, was this their new way to prepare for their spiritual journey?


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